Large fields in many of the classes made for a great opening day of motor racing presented by Downer at Teretonga Park yesterday (Saturday).
Steve Ross of Dunedin in his Jaguar XK8 TraNZam took the OSCA Super Saloon race from Cantabrian Russell Mortimer in a Nissan 180SX with Kris Brown of Timaru third in his Nissan R32 GTS. There were several retirements from the race including local driver Liam MacDonald in his Ford Falcon and Geoff Washbourne of Christchurch in his Aston Martin.
Brendan Mason of Invercargill won the Group A class of the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons in his Chev Camaro ahead of Brian Scott of Dunedin (Corvette) with Invercargill’s Dion Dawson third in his Saker after a costly ten second penalty at the start. James Liemburg of Timaru won the Group B race in his Mazda MX5 from Bradley Dawson (Invercargill) in his Toyota Trueno.
Timaru driver Jarrod Parmenter won both the SS Cup race and the Pro 7 race ahead of Jared Pyke on each occasion. Parmenter broke the old Mazda RX7 lap record albeit in an RX8 with a lap of 1.06.952.
New Zealand Formula Ford Championship leader James Penrose of Christchurch won the Evolution Motorsport South Island F1600 Championship race from Jack Noble-Adams (Rangiora) and pole sitter Matthew Butchart of Nelson.
Corey Ross of Ashburton won the Pre 65 Saloon race from fellow Ford Mustang driver Wayne Tuffley of Invercargill while Justin Neill of Christchurch took the Mini 7 South honours after a tangle with Paul Bennison within sight of the flag.
Steven Gordon of Alexandra in a Commodore won the NZ Six race.
The second day of racing commences at 9am today, Sunday. A Sunday only pass purchased at the gate is $20 while children 14 & under accompanied by an adult are free.